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William Edgar Borah Scrapbooks, 1903-1947
- Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940
- William Edgar Borah Scrapbooks
- 1903-1947 (inclusive)19031947
- 5 cubic feet, (5 boxes; 102 folders)
- Collection Number
- MG 010
- William Edgar Borah was a Republican Senator from Idaho, born in Fairfield, Illinois, June 29, 1865. This collection contains scrapbooks housing newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and some letters about Senator Borah; also photographs of Borah and recordings of four of his speeches.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The 56 scrapbooks and 34 folders of mounted newspaper clippings which deal with the political career of William Borah span the years 1903 to 1947, with the bulk of the items from the years 1910-1939. The bound volumes contain, in addition to newspaper clippings and journal articles, some correspondence.
In addition to the clippings, there are photographs of Borah and audio recordings of four of his speeches.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
William Edgar Borah, Republican Senator from Idaho, was born in Fairfield, Illinois, June 29, 1865, the seventh of ten children born to William Nathan and Elizabeth (West) Borah. He was educated in the public schools near Fairfield and at Enfield College. He spent two years, 1885-1887, at the University of Kansas, but had to withdraw because of illness. He then studied law in the office of his brother-in-law and was admitted to the Kansas bar in 1890.
In 1891 he moved west and settled in Boise, Idaho, where he opened a law office. On April 21, 1895, he married Mary McConnell the daughter of Governor William J. McConnell.
He first became a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1903, but was defeated by Weldon Heyburn. He was elected in 1907 and served in that body until his death in 1940. In 1924 he became chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee; he also served on the Judiciary Committee. He was often mentioned as a presidential candidate, but not until 1936 did he actually enter any primaries; his defeat at the convention by Alf Landon was not unexpected.
William E. Borah died January 19, 1940, following a stroke.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Description of Item], William Edgar Borah Scrapbooks, MG 010, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Clippings and Scrapbooks, 1903-1947Return to Top
Scrapbooks by Subject
Politics - Miscellaneous
Politics - Campaign of 1904
Politics - Campaigns of 1904, 1906
Haywood Trial; Borah Trial for Fraud
Borah Trial for Fraud
Politics and Miscellaneous
Taft-Sherman Campaign of 1908
Politics and Miscellaneous
Public Land Laws and Public Land Policy
Politics - Direct Election of Senators
Contains photo of Borah's birthplace.
Convention and Campaign of 1912
Contains photo of Borah and President Taft.
Politics - Speculation on Borah for President
Memoranda Relative to Republican Policies and Party Action
Borah for President, Convention of 1916, Contemplated Retirement
Chairman Senate Foreign Relation Committee
Editorial comment on radio address of Senator Borah
|July 23, 1932|
Supreme Court Reorganization
License Bill Monopoly
Borah for President
Scrapbooks by Date
|December 1920-June 1924|
|July 1924-November 1939|
Other MaterialReturn to Top
Lists of Items in Borah Family Gifts to the Library
Date Book belonging to Mrs. Borah
Bound volume entitled "Politics" containing handwritten notes by W.E. Borah
Aluminum phonodiscs of four of Borah's speeches
Reel to Reel tape recordings of above speeches
The Biggest Steal in the World's History, compiled by Warren G. Davenport
Printing block for William Edgar Borah Memorial Library bookplate
Certificate of appreciation from the employees of the Chief Clerks Offices, Royal Hungarian Ministry of Justice
Wood plaque presented to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee re: Roosevelt's attempt to pack the court
Cassette tape recordings of Borah's speeches
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)